The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – How many legs do butterflies have?   2 – What downtown street is named for a controversial non-royal who became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland after the English Civil War?   3 – Springfield is the fictional hometown of what cartoon family?   4 – To deter vandals, what… Read more »

Two Borderfest concerts to join new “drive-in” trend

UPDATE: After this story’s publication, Brian McNair secured the bands for ‘Rocking the Runway’ at Chris Hadfield Airport. Friday, Oct. 23 goes country, with Sarnia’s Scott Manery and the Barnburners opening for Canadian country music’s The Reklaws. Saturday, Oct. 24 is rock night, with Sarnia’s Rodney James & the Riot opening for Big Wreck. Tickets,… Read more »

Letters: week of Oct. 8

Why are we paying good money to police a U.S. event? Sir: Regarding the St. Clair River “floatdown” by U.S. residents. Why do we spend hard-earned Canadian dollars on Coast Guard, police and RCMP patrol boats and helicopters for this event each summer, some probably on premium time? For a planned American event that most… Read more »

The old Chamber and Mr. Bennett’s blinkin’ begonias

  In difficult times like these I take considerable comfort in small pleasures. Like the chirp of crickets on an early fall evening, or yellow mums spread out across a garden centre floor. And my memory of Mr. Bennett’s blinkin’ begonias. Those begonias were like a parent’s favourite children — just as wonderful and just… Read more »

Lake Huron shoreline project in Bright’s Grove delayed

Troy Shantz One of three Bright’s Grove shoreline projects meant to prevent Old Lakeshore Road from falling into Lake Huron wasn’t done this year and must be retendered. A contract for the stabilization work at the foot of Helen Avenue was terminated after the contractor and city failed to agree on additional costs and other… Read more »

COVID-positive patient in ICU at Bluewater Health

Tara Jeffrey A 61-year-old man with confirmed positive COVID-19 has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Bluewater Health in Sarnia. Hospital spokesperson Julia Oosterman said the man, who is not a resident of Lambton County, was admitted Monday to hospital and was transferred to the ICU Tuesday. She could not confirm whether or… Read more »

Active local cases down to zero

Tara Jeffrey For the first time since the pandemic began, Lambton Public Health is reporting no active cases of confirmed COVID-19 among residents. In total, 347 people have been infected with the virus locally, and resolved cases are now at 321. There had previously been no COVID-19 patients in hospital since mid-June, but Bluewater Health… Read more »

Homelessness at new highs this year

Troy Shantz As many as 155 local residents are homeless and relying on Lambton County for support as winter approaches and temperatures fall toward the freezing mark, says the general manager of social services. “A lot of individuals who were precariously housed are now in our system and I think they’re starting to reach out… Read more »